Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Amy Schumer) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The female protagonist is messed up, not very nice, and definitely not pursuing romance. Is she pursuing sex? Sure… and if she ends up with romance in spite of herself along the way, well, that is precisely how romantic comedies have celebrated men’s interaction with the opposite gender. Yet the female protagonist is never a man in drag, either, just a different sort of woman than the narrow depictions we are used to seeing.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Trainwreck! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Trainwreck.